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Episode date 14 September 2012
Interviews and reports
Freedom Relay Canada Against Human Trafficking
In 7 cities tomorrow, hundreds of people will walk in what's known as the "Freedom Relay Canada"   It's an event to raise awareness and money, in  support of victims of human trafficking.

It's a growing problem both within Canada, and from abroad.  Men, women and children finding themselves duped, or sold, into appalling situations they can't escape; forced labour, in domestic and industrial settings, or trapped in prostitution rings that move around the country, accommodating demand.  Proceeds from the relays will help liberate more people from this social scourge.

This is the second year the Freedom Relay Canada has taken place. Mike Lindor is the national spokesperson for the event.  Carmel Kilkenny spoke with him on the line from Edmonton, Alberta, and began by asking him about the organization?
Muslim rage, more to it than the video
(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Ostensibly it was a U.S.-made video denigrating the Prophet Mohammed that unleashed the fury in Libya and spread across several muslim countries. First angry men attacked the American consulate in Libya killing the ambassador and three other Americans. Then riots spread to other countries, other embassies were attacked including those of other western countries.

To get a better understanding of what is happening, RCI's Lynn Desjardins spoke with Houchang Hassan-Yari, a professor of political science at the Royal  Military College of Canada and keen observer of events in the Middle East.
Canadian Municipalities: State of the infrastructure
(Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fire Services)
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has released its first ever nation-wide survey of the state of infrastructure in towns and cities across Canada

It’s being called a “report card” and it rates four specific areas, road, water supply, waste water networks, and storm sewer systems.

The report indicates that much of the infrastructure in Canadian cities is over 20 years old, in some cases major systems are up to 70 years old.

Municipalities were asked to grade their infrastructure by degrees ranging from “very good” to “very poor”.  It was also noted that it would take billions of dollars to carry out sorely needed improvements and upgrades.

Claude Dauphin is the Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. He spoke to RCI’s Marc Montgomery
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